Exchange of red envelopes with gold coins and fire crackers to shun the evils is one of the very popular Chinese New Year traditions. You would be completely spell bound by the amazing customs of Chinese people practiced during the New Year time.
Chinese New Year
“Yuan Tan” or “Nian” is the Chinese New Year celebrated on the between January 21 and February 20. The Chinese New Year customs are very colorful and full of events. The exact date of New Year is fixed by the Lunar Calendar. The moon marks the beginning of year. People consider these days very lucky for business and spend huge sum in buying presents, dresses and decoration material.
Traditional feast on Chinese New Year
Grand feast is prepared which is enjoyed together and is also prepared by the whole family. All the knives are set away for one day on the New Year as; it is one of the Chinese New Year traditions. People considered this wade off the bad luck for the coming year.
The New Year feast is lavish and people offer ritual homage to all the ancestors first. Later, it is offered to God and followed by the elder and younger members of the family. If, New Year falls on any particular animal then Chinese people don’t eat the meat of that animal.
It is time of family gatherings when, people visit relatives and friends. Chinese people are adorned in new clothes and exchange good wishes. “Kung-his fa-tsai” is New Year greeting which means “congratulations and prosperity”. Foes turn friends on this day by forgetting all the past misunderstanding and rivalries.
Traditional decor on Chinese New Year
The entrance door of the home is colored with fresh coat of red paint. It is a tradition of Chinese in New Year. Red symbolizes fortune and happiness. The homes are decorated with plastic fire crackers. It is a customary practice to frighten away evil spirits and the bad luck. Peach blossoms are considered very lucky and the shops are adorned with freshly blossoms wrapped in tissue paper.
Bright colors and even numbers are considered very lucky and this is the reason, Tangerines are shared in pairs. Many different plants and flowers are believed to bring fortune. People buy Kumquat tree is the luckiest and Chinese people place these in their homes and stores.
Street parades are the major attractions. Thoroughfares are decorated with red paper or cloth lanterns to welcome the New Year. People from different corners of the places visit China during New Year to participate in the procession. Dancing dragons and lions made with fabric and fur are worn by people and perform on the streets. It is New Year tradition in China.
More than 50 dancers are inside the large dragon costumes and they turn and twist the long silk body with blinking eyes to show the dance. These are associated with wealth, prosperity and longevity.
Wish you all a very happy New Year and hope you al enjoy the read on Chinese New Year traditions.